Kent Farrington, winner of the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix last year riding Up Chiqui, will be back at the 2009 Vermont Summer Festival.
Photo by David Mullinix
Show Jumping Returns to Six-Week Vermont Summer Festival
The Vermont Summer Festival, New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, returns to East Dorset, VT, from July 1-August 9, 2009. Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state. The competition attracts the best athletes, including Olympic medalists, from across the country and around the globe to vie for top honors.
The first five Sundays feature a $30,000 grand prix, culminating with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 9. Weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake classes, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, and $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics are also hotly contested.
The world’s top course designers, including Anthony d’Ambrosio, who earned rave reviews for his courses at this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Las Vegas, and Conrad Homfeld, who will course design at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will set the tracks in the all-weather grand prix ring. Jamie Alder, Pierre Jolicoeur, Ken Krome, and Michel Vaillancourt will also course design this year.
Traditionally a five-week circuit, the Vermont Summer Festival expanded to a six-week format in 2007, a brave move which met with positive feedback from competitors and local area businesses alike. Now in its third year of offering six consecutive weeks of high-quality competition, the Vermont Summer Festival continues to attract exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region.
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USEF Has Successful First All Breed Retreat with Recognized Affiliates
Last month, leaders of the USEF Recognized Breed Affiliates got together with USEF staff to discuss the relationship with the USEF and continued growth, development and promotion of the breeds. The meeting, moderated by Bill Moroney, took place in conjunction with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, TX. The meeting was just the beginning of many conversations that the USEF will have to reach the goals of the Breed Retreat, which is to continue the growth, development and promotion of the Recognized Breed Affiliates.
2009 Cavalor/USEF National Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and CPEDI*** Set to Begin
The 2009 Cavalor/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships begins Friday, May 15, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, and will conclude Sunday, May 17. Rebecca Hart and Norteassa will be back to defend their championship title against 16 horse-and-rider combinations. In addition, this national championship will be held concurrently with the Lamplight CDI; and for the first time ever in the U.S., a CPEDI*** will be held, which is a FEI International Para-Equestrian Dressage competition.
NBC Will Air the Rolex Equestrian Championships Prior to the Preakness Stakes on May 16
The highlight show from the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET as the lead-in to NBC's coverage of the Preakness. The new time slot comes as a result of the NHL Playoff game running into three overtimes on May 3
We hope you can tune in to catch this exciting show right before watching the Preakness Stakes!
Share Your Best "Cute Foal" Photos on ClubEquestrian.com
If you would like to share your best "Cute Foal" photo, please enter by May 19. You will be entered for a chance to win a "Wild Horse" All-Purpose Saddle Pad. Voting starts May 21.
Congratulations to Our April Contest Winners
Find a Ride to an Equestrian Event with ClubEquestrian.com's Ride Share Program
In an effort to help equestrian enthusiasts and competitors save money in a tight economy, and to promote eco-friendly horse transportation, the United States Equestrian Federation now presents the Ride Share Program on ClubEquestrian.com. Often the logistics of long-distance travel is an unforeseen roadblock in the path to equine events. This new tool allows equine enthusiasts and competitors to post information about open trailer spots, as well as inquire about rides. Information such as where a trailer is leaving from, open trailer space and potential lay-overs will be readily available.
Check out the Ride Share Program by logging on to ClubEquestrian.com and going to "My Tackroom" or visit www.clubequestrian.com/tools/rideshare.
Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Promote Your Equine Event for FREE
Do you have an event you want to promote? Do you know of an exciting equine event—whether it be a training seminar or clinic, a horse health care seminar, a continuing education event for equine professionals, an expo, a trail ride, a charity event/fundraiser or an equine social event? If so, fill out the online form at www.usef.org/clubEquestrian/clubeqevent.aspx to add your event to the ClubEquestrian.com Calendar, one of the most comprehensive online equestrian event calendars out there.
List Your Equine Business in Our FREE Equine Directory
The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its new online Professional Directory at ClubEquestrian.com. The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.
Place Your Ad in the NAJYRC Program
Advertising space is available in the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North Program. For more information, contact Kim Russell at 859-225-6938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Hackney Association Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
The Ohio Hackney Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held March 28-29, 2009, at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, OH. The board meeting was held Saturday afternoon. The following 2009 officers were elected: President-Ron Yount; Vice President-David Estis; Secretary/Treasurer–Eileen Yount. Directors for 2009: Pam Ahrens, Richard Bevins, Beverly Dunn, Dave Estis, Jana Inkrott, Jon Inkrott, Terry McKenzie, Jr., Lynda Molnar, Matt Schuckert, Steve Shrock, Ron Yount and Tammy Yount.
Riders to Earn Certificate of Capability for 2010 Youth Olympic Games at 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North
2010 marks a milestone in youth participation in international sport. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is introducing the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore. Twenty-six sports and more than 3,000 athletes will be competing and participating in educational and cultural activities, the first step for many youth athletes in the Olympic movement. Equestrian sport will be represented by show jumping in these inaugural Games.
Recreational Trails Program Up for Reauthorization
The American Horse Council (AHC) is working to preserve the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP). If Congress does not take action this year this program could no longer be available to recreational riders.
The RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. It was created in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and was last re-authorized in 2005 as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. This law is about to expire. The RTP will have to be re-authorized in the next national surface transportation program bill if it is to continue.
Equestrian Rider Steffen Peters, Hockey Player Caitlin Cahow, and the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee for Outstanding Performances in April
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced hockey player Caitlin Cahow and equestrian rider Steffen Peters as its April Athletes of the Month, while the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team was awarded Team of the Month honors.
REMINDER: USEF Dressage Chef d’Equipe Application Deadline is May 15, 2009
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is accepting applications for the position of US Dressage Chef d’Equipe/National Coach through May 15, 2009. Anyone interested in submitting an application should visit the USEF’s website to view the job description. A direct link can be found at www.usef.org/Contentpage2.aspx?id=dressagecoach.
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Savannah College Wins ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) riders bested nine other colleges to win the team championship at the 2009 American National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The competition took place on April 18 and 19 and was judged by Dacia Johnson of Monticello, FL, and Paddy Downing-Nygard, Thonotosassa, FL. Ten colleges were represented: Centenary College (NJ); Duke University (NC); Goucher College (MD); Otterbein College (OH); Savannah College of Art and Design (GA); St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College (NC); Sweet Briar College (VA); and University of the South (Sewanee) (TN); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), and the College of William and Mary (VA).
CCI**** Eventer Acapulco Jazz Retired at Weatherford Horse Trials
The talented 18-year-old quarter horse gelding Acapulco Jazz was retired in a moving ceremony this weekend at the Weatherford CIC**/* in Weatherford, Texas.
After receiving a fifth-place ribbon for her ride on Ashwood Lad in the CIC**, owner and rider, 21-year-old Bonner Carpenter of Dallas, was called back to the ring, along with Heather Morris, who had served as Jazz’s groom the prior weekend at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, and coach Mike Huber.
With Carpenter astride the wiry chestnut, details of his career were recounted to the crowd with the strains of Randy Newman’s “A Nice Ride” from the soundtrack to Seabiscuit wafting on the wind.
Saddlebreds Set to Compete at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
A record number of Saddlebreds are entered in pleasure classes at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs May 21-30. Saddlebred competitions begin on Wednesday, May 27, following open jumpers and side saddle on the evening program. Devon benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, to which it has donated more than $13 million over its decades of association. Last year the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair made a record donation of $335,000 to Bryn Mawr Hospital following a banner year during, which the horse show played before the largest crowds in its history.
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Equestrian Aid Foundation Offers Informative E-Newsletter
The Equestrian Aid Foundation's mission is to build a membership-based organization to assist anyone in the equestrian world suffering from life-threatening illness, catastrophic accidents or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs.
The Equestrian Aid Foundation's pledge is to treat its recipients with dignity and respect while promising members and sponsors the highest level of fiduciary responsibility with their dues and donations.
Check out the e-newsletter at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs003/1102543180569/archive/1102563973220.html to learn how you can help.
Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search
The Talent Search program is a very demanding show jumping competition, which attracts the nation’s top young riders in head-to-head competition. The qualifying period for the 2009 events began September 1, 2008.
Learn more about the program today.
To see the list of all qualified riders,
visit the 2008/2009 Ranking List online.
East Coast Riders
October 3-4, 2009, Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, Gladstone, NJ
A few riders that have now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Sara Green
— Caitlin Hope
— Reed Kessler
West Coast Championship
September 16-20, 2009, Los Angeles International Jumping Festival, Burbank, CA
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Casey Freedman
— Tara Funk
— Navona Gallegos
— Christina Gellos
— Lisa Goldman
— Audrey Grant
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Attention all USEF Members
Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just log in to your My USEF Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.
In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by removing the breed/discipline dues. The new USEF Competing Equestrian Membership due for all Senior Active and Junior Active members is $55. With that, you will be able to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, as well as receive automatic insurance and MemberPerks.
There are also two new member categories for individuals not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions. The USEF Equestrian ($35) includes the automatic insurance and access to the MemberPerks program, while the Club Equestrian ($15) includes access to MemberPerks.
If you have any questions about the new memberships, please call one of our Customer Care Agents at (859) 258-2472.
Please Read—Important Information about Your Membership Card
Once your membership has been processed you will be sent a membership card as well as key fobs. You are required to present proof of current USEF membership in order to compete in USEF Licensed Competitions. If you do not have your membership card, a key fob or a copy of your membership card, you will be required to pay a $30 non-refundable non-member fee. You can print a copy of your card from www.usef.org. Please note, effective 12/01/08 you will no longer be able to sign a membership affidavit in lieu of paying the non-member fee.
Your USEF membership also verifies your amateur status. If you wish to compete in amateur classes and you have not presented proof of USEF membership with Amateur Certification, you will also be charged the non-member amateur fee of $30.
Competitions that are also recognized by an Affiliate organization may require membership in the Affiliate organization to be eligible to compete. You may be required to show proof of membership in the Affiliate organization, e.g. USHJA, USDF, USEA, AHA, AMHA, ASHA, IALHA, AHHS, IFSHA and others.
USEF Membership information can be verified online, however, should the competition office not have the opportunity to verify your membership information online, you will be assessed the relevant non-member fees.
The United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 90,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.
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